Flashing lights ward off livestock-hunting pumas in northern Chile

first_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored A new paper reports that Foxlights, a brand of portable, intermittently flashing lights, kept pumas away from herds of alpacas and llamas during a recent calving season in northern Chile.Herds without the lights nearby lost seven animals during the four-month study period.The research used a “crossover” design, in which the herds without the lights at the beginning of the experiment had them installed halfway through, removing the possibility that the herds were protected by their locations and not the lights themselves. Pulsating lights placed around llama and alpaca herds warded off puma attacks during a recent experiment in Chile, suggesting the method might help avert conflict between herders and dwindling populations of the predator.“The implications are huge,” Omar Ohrens, a postdoctoral scholar in environmental studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and lead author of a study on the findings, said in an interview.The landscape of the Andean Plateau in Chile, with the village of Chulluncane in the foreground. Image by Omar Ohrens.In the study by Ohrens and his colleagues published online Jan. 3 in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, pumas left herds alone that had Foxlights set up close to the llamas and alpacas’ sleeping areas during a recent four-month calving season. During the same period, cats killed seven animals from herds that did not have the lights, which blink in a random pattern designed to mimic a person walking with a flashlight and other human activity.The puma (Puma concolor) is a critical part of the ecology of the high plains of the Andean Plateau, also called the Altiplano, of northern Chile. Such large predators regulate the number of herbivores on the landscape, keeping the entire ecosystem in balance.But when mountain lions pick off livestock, it threatens the livelihoods of the people who depend on that resource. In a 2016 study, Ohrens and his colleagues reported that pastoralists in this part of Chile estimate they lose 10 percent of their animals each year to pumas.A puma track spotted near the study site. Image by Omar Ohrens.The pumas, too, are at risk following these incidents, as herders look to eliminate the threat. But research has shown that killing a predator suspected of targeting livestock doesn’t always work, Ohrens said. What’s more, his earlier surveys of the Aymara llama and alpaca herders of the Altiplano revealed that most people didn’t want to kill pumas. That led Ohrens to find a way to identify and test a potential, non-lethal solution to this problem.In the planning stages of this study, he asked the herders themselves to choose from a variety of potential non-lethal deterrents, and they settled on Foxlights. Developed in Australia to keep young lambs safe from foxes, Foxlights also fit the grasslands of northern Chile. The wide-open plains of the Altiplano allow for the lights to be seen from as far away as 1.6 kilometers (1 mile), according to the manufacturer. And the sunlight that bathes the plateau, which sits between 3,000 and 5,500 meters (9,800 and 18,000 feet) above sea level, can recharge the lights’ batteries during the day.Researchers set up a camera trap near the study site. Image by Omar Ohrens.During the calving season in late 2016 and early 2017, Ohrens and his teammates compared the incidence of livestock kills in herds with lights installed nearby to deaths in herds without them.To make sure that they weren’t just witnessing a single puma zero in on herds without lights — an unlikely, but possible, situation given the large home ranges of pumas, the authors write — they set up camera traps around the herds of the 11 farmers who were part of the study. The images confirmed that at least three different cats were in the area.In a twist, Ohrens found that the lights did not spook off Andean foxes (Lycalopex culpaeus) going after young lambs. That didn’t come as a shock to Ohrens, who has worked in this part of his native Chile for seven years.Villablanca Lagoon and Sillajuay Mountain in the Andean Plateau. Image by Omar Ohrens.“What I’ve seen is that Andean foxes are not very scared of humans — they can get pretty close and even take food from people’s hands,” he said in a statement. “So they’re not going to be scared by lights that simulate human activity.”To further bolster the study’s rigor, the team also moved the lights partway through the experiment from the herds that had them at the beginning of the study to the ones that didn’t. They got similar results, demonstrating that the location of the herds didn’t determine whether the lights were effective.“That’s why this study is so important,” Adrian Treves, a co-author of the study and professor of environmental studies at the University of Wisconsin, said in the statement. “Omar’s study shows that non-lethal methods have been proven effective in multiple settings with different livestock and carnivores.”Banner image of study participants setting up a Foxlight next to a livestock sleeping site by Omar Ohrens. John Cannon is a Mongabay staff writer based in the Middle East. Find him on Twitter: @johnccannonCorrection: An earlier version of this article misstated the study site location. It took place in northern, not southern, Chile.Ohrens, O., Bonacic, C., & Treves, A. (2019). Non-lethal defense of livestock against predators: flashing lights deter puma attacks in Chile. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.Ohrens, O., Treves, A., & Bonacic, C. (2016). Relationship between rural depopulation and puma-human conflict in the high Andes of Chile. Environmental Conservation, 43(1), 24-33.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Animal Behavior, Animals, Big Cats, Camera Trapping, Carnivores, Cats, Conservation, Conservation Solutions, Ecology, Environment, Grasslands, Human-wildlife Conflict, Hunting, Indigenous Peoples, Livestock, low-tech, Mammals, Mountains, Predators, Research, Technology, Top Predators, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation, Wildtech center_img Article published by John Cannonlast_img read more

Christmas begins at Letterkenny Shopping Centre with two celebrity guests

first_imgTwo very special guests are coming to Letterkenny Shopping Centre to launch the beginning of the festive season this weekend.Celebrity chef Gary O’Hanlon and Christmas celeb Mr Santa Claus are both arriving for great events that will be enjoyed by adults and children alike.Letterkenny Shopping Centre is the place to be this weekend. On Saturday 24th November, make sure to time your weekly shop with Gary O’Hanlon’s Christmas food demonstration which is on in the centre from 2pm – 4pm.Ramelton man Gary is well known as one of Ireland’s leading TV chefs. He will run through his top tips for preparing and serving Christmas dinners which will help to make the big day as stress free as possible.  Enjoy the craic with Gary and some tasty samples at the end of the demo.Black Friday offers are running in a lot of Letterkenny Shopping Centre stores all weekend, so if you are ready to start your Christmas shopping, this is the weekend to do it. Christmas truly begins with the arrival of Santa Claus. Visit the Letterkenny Shopping Centre from 2pm this Sunday when the big man in red will arrive and take his place in a magical grotto until he has to return to the North Pole on December 23rd. There will be fun, face painting, games and no doubt lots of smiling happy little faces to greet Santa. Letterkenny Shopping Centre is at the heart of the community, so why not join in the festive fun this weekend and let your ‘Christmas Memories Begin’.Check out @LetterkennyShoppingCentre for more!Delight as Letterkenny Shopping Centre now fully letChristmas begins at Letterkenny Shopping Centre with two celebrity guests was last modified: November 23rd, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:chef gary o hanlonCHristmasLetterkenny Shopping Centre.retailSANTAlast_img read more

South Africa’s Mboweni goes to university

first_imgA former Reserve Bank governor, Tito Mboweni, has been named an honorary professor in the School of Economics and Business Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits).“I am delighted to be associated in such a meaningful way with Wits, its students and faculty,” Mboweni said in a university statement yesterday.“As one of the leading institutions located in the heart of the financial markets in South Africa and on the continent, Wits has an important contribution to make through its academic endeavours in these relevant areas.”Wits vice-chancellor Adam Habib said the university was privileged to welcome Mboweni to the institution.“His knowledge, expertise and political and economic savvy will add value to our teaching and research programmes and will be hugely beneficial to our staff, students and members of the Wits community. We look forward to many debates and robust interactions going forward,” he said.“Given our current economic circumstances and Africa’s role in the global economy, we require many more intellectuals of the calibre of Mr Mboweni to influence young minds and to develop our future leaders.”About MboweniMboweni was appointed to the board of the New Development Bank, the newly established Brics bank, as a non-executive director.He served as the minister of labour from 1994 to 1998, and as the governor of the Reserve Bank from 1999 to 2009. He was the eighth governor of the central bank and the first black South African to hold the post.According to Wits, Mboweni holds a Batchelor of Arts degree in economics and political science from the University of Lesotho and a Master of Arts degree in development economics from the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom.He also served as the chancellor of North-West University from 2002 to 2005 and has been awarded several honorary doctorates locally and abroad.At present, he serves as an adviser to Goldman Sachs International, and is the non-executive chairman of the boards of Nampak Limited, SacOil Holdings, Accelerate Property Fund and the African Centre for Economic Transformation.Source: News24Wirelast_img read more

Structured Data: New Apps Choose Open Source

first_imgOracle still leads Database vendors in market share, holding more than 44 percent. But Open Source alternatives may have Oracle worried.Forrester Research recently estimated that the size of the Open Source database market has now reached $850 million and is projected to go to $1.2 billion by 2010. While Open Source databases themselves can be downloaded and used freely, their makers typically earn revenues from training, technical support, and consulting.But in a market that today sees annual sales of $18.8 billion, what’s a billion dollars?It is interesting to note that it won’t be until 2010 that the entire Open Source database market will reach $1 billion — but that’s how much that Sun recently paid when they bought Open Source database maker MySQL. While Oracle leads though, Open Source vendors like Sun are eroding potential sales.Noel Yuhanna of Forrester wrote that “Open source databases have come a long way in delivering reliable, robust; and secure database platforms. Forrester estimates that 80% of application requirements can be met using only 25% of the features and functionality that closed source commercial databases offer.” Yuhanna comments that Open Source databases can meet 80 percent of the functionality most needed by businesses.Vendors creating new applications often write their applications to be able to use any of a variety of database options. It is easy for them to ship a copy of an Open Source database either embedded or as an integrated install with their application. That way installations are seamless and the customer can be up and running immediately with no dependencies on additional software. If the customer later, after test-driving the software, prefers another database, swapping it out can be easily done. The end result is that many pilot views of applications run on Open Source — and if some companies don’t have any problems with their pilots, they may decide to not bother paying the additional money for a commerical database backend.last_img read more

Location-Based Ads a Goldmine, Says Survey – 50% of Users Take Action

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#advertising#mobile#NYT#Trends#web Although the privacy issues surrounding Facebook’s new, opt-out only data sharing policies are making people uncomfortable, one area where folks are apparently happy to have their private data shared is on their mobile phones. And by private data, we mean exact GPS coordinates. Coordinates that are shared with software developers, ad networks and location-based service providers in return for free location-based mobile applications and geo-targeted ads. In fact, one in four U.S. adults use mobile location-based services, according to a survey put out by the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) last week. And nearly half of those users are responding to the included location-based ads. Location-Based Ads See Nearly 50% Engagement Rates, Says MMA In partnership with Luth Research, MMA surveyed 1,000 U.S. adult consumers from a demographically representative sample and found that, as of mid-March, 91% of the respondents have a cellphone and 26% of that group has used a “map, navigation or some other mobile phone service that automatically determines your current location,” reads the MMA release on this data.Perhaps more surprising is the level of engagement between these location-based service users and the geo-targeted ads. Nearly half of those who noticed ads while using a location-based service took some action. Think about that for a minute and let it sink in. For comparison purposes, a banner ad on the Web getting a 2% click-though rate (CTR) is considered fairly successful, but most campaigns now receive just 0.2%-0.3% CTRs. That may not be a true apples-to-apples comparison, though. Location-based mobile ads don’t necessarily have CTRs – they can be anything from standard Web banners to creative interactive video displays that respond as you move the phone around, such as was the case with the Dockers ad – the world’s first “shakable” ad. In fact, all forms of mobile ads do well. SMS ads saw 37% engagement, and ads seen while mobile Web browsing saw 28% engagement, notes the survey. A few other interesting findings:10% of cellphone owners use location-based mobile services at least once per week63% of iPhone owners use location-based mobile services at least once per weekAdults ages 25-34 are frequent users of location services, with 22% using them at least once a week.Consumers are interested in allowing their phone to automatically share their location in exchange for perks, such as free use of mobile applications and mobile coupons.Location-Based Ads Outside the U.S.While this data is certainly compelling, this trend may not extrapolate outside the U.S..U.S. For example, in Finland, McDonald’s recently participated in a location-based pilot campaign powered by Navteq LocationPoint Advertising that only received a 7% CTR. (A number that sounded incredible until this new survey data came out.) The campaign delivered ads to users of the Nokia Ovi Maps application, but not all smartphone platforms. Still, McDonald’s deemed the pilot program a success. “The amazing thing about location-based advertising,” said Chris Rothey, VP of market development and advertising at Navteq, “is that it allows merchants to extend their storefront virtually to the surrounding areas and dramatically increase point-of-sale influence.” It seems consumers agree: location-based ads are amazing. So amazing that people are actually using them. Image by chokola Related Posts sarah perezcenter_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Spot-fixing scandal rocks Parliament; Ajay Maken asks BCCI to act

first_imgThe spot-fixing controversy led to a ruckus in Parliament on Tuesday forcing Sports Minister Ajay Maken to assure strict action against the culprits. Maken was reacting to BJP’s Lok Sabha member Kirti Azad’s demand that government should take stringent action over match-fixing or spot-fixing allegations raised by India TV’s sting operation. Maken also asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to take the matter seriously and resolve it as soon as possible. “It happens in other sports too and not only in cricket. It is both a challenge and opportunity. BCCI must go to its root and try to sort it out in the interest of millions of cricket lovers in India,” Maken said. Earlier, Azad, who happens to be a former Indian cricketer, had asked the government to step up internal auditing of different sports bodies and associations to check the spot-fixing. “Corruption comes from top to bottom. Lot of politicians have come into sports, be it from ruling party or opposition. When maters come up on malpractices they all become together and that is unfortunate part. Fixing has been going on since many years and I have been raising it. We need to have internal audit about it,” Azad said. No one will be spared: IPL chairmanRattled by the sting operation exposing spot-fixing in cricket, the Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman and BCCI vice-president, Rajiv Shukla, who also happens to be a Congress MP, said, “no one will be spared” and “we will be very strict with the players”.advertisementlast_img read more

Elections Supervisor on Voter Registration process

first_img Related Items:dudley lewis, voter registration Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 09 Nov 2015 – Lots of voter registration talk now as time winds down to take part in one of the most important constitutional opportunities for the citizenry of any country; the right to vote. Dudley Lewis, the Elections Supervisor said although the Electors Register will not be published until next year March, it is November 30, 2015 – just 15 business days away that sees the new register officially closed. Lewis clarified that “Eligible voters on the present Register of Electors do not need to re-apply to be included in the new one, they will be automatically included unless they notify the Elections Office that they have changed their name or place of residence, or no longer meet eligibility criteria.” One dis-qualifier is if one has been living outside of the country for the past year or two. General Elections are due to happen in 2016, as next year will mark four years since the Rufus Ewing led administration was elected at the polls. Those who are bonafide Turks and Caicos Islanders, but who will not be 18 years old before November 30 may still have a chance to make the register said Lewis: “anyone who attains the age of 18 and anyone who has been granted status as a Turks and Caicos Islander after November 30 who applies will be added to the register provided it is not less than 30 days before the date of the poll.”Getting registered, explained Lewis first involves filling out a voter registration form which is available at the relevant government offices on all islands in the TCI. 2015/2016 Electors list increases by less than 500 Amendments will mean less time at polls, next TCI General Election TCI Preliminary 2016/17 Electors List to be Publish Friday January 29, 2016 Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

NASA watches menacing Hurricane Dorian flex its muscles

first_img NASA sees dramatic Earth weather from space (pictures) The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s GOES-East satellite caught sight of Dorian in action. The agency posted a short GIF of the storm to Twitter on Wednesday. 0 10 Photos Earlier this afternoon #Dorian strengthened to a Cat. 1 #hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph. NOAA’s #GOESEast spotted the storm moving toward the #VirginIslands, where hurricane warnings are now in effect. Follow the storm’s path here: https://t.co/55iomirKdi pic.twitter.com/8abVjNKTNp— NOAA Satellites (@NOAASatellites) August 28, 2019 The National Hurricane Center has issued warnings about the risk of high winds, heavy rains and flash floods associated with the storm. It’s been a fairly quiet hurricane season this year, but Dorian looks like it wants to make some noise. Tags Post a commentcenter_img Sci-Tech Share your voice If you’re in the path of #HurricaneDorian, don’t wait until it’s too late! These tips will help you get your car and home ready before the storm hits. https://t.co/0ScXE7k8qF pic.twitter.com/BRzRY0feYH— HHS.gov (@HHSGov) August 29, 2019 NASA Space Hurricane Dorian takes shape in this image from NASA’s Terra satellite. NASA Worldview, Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) Dorian officially entered the storm big leagues on Wednesday afternoon as a Category 1 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of nearly 75 mph (120 kph). Forecasters don’t expect it to stay that chill for long. The hurricane is making its way across the Atlantic and will likely impact the Bahamas and Florida over the next few days. Satellites and astronauts on the International Space Station are tracking the storm.NASA’s Terra satellite view of Dorian shows a typical swirling hurricane cloud pattern. The space agency also shared an impressive view of the storm as seen by a camera on the ISS on Thursday.  It’s hard to determine Dorian’s ultimate path. It already changed direction once and could potentially intensify quite a bit over time. Currently, it looks like it might reach Florida near the end of the weekend.The US Department of Health & Human Services tweeted preparedness tips on Thursday, asking people in the storm’s path to secure outdoor furniture, protect important documents, cover windows and trim dead limbs from trees.last_img read more

OnePlus 7 release not confirmed but key specs leaked well in advance

first_imgIBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/0:59Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:57?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition hidden secret inside box revealed Closecenter_img Nothing is kept a secret for long in the technology industry as companies fail to contain information about their upcoming products from reaching the world. While some rumours turn out to be fake, others are on point and that’s exactly the case with OnePlus 7 leaks.OnePlus will launch its 2019 flagship OnePlus 7 in April or May, but the launch date is yet to be officially announced. That hasn’t stopped noted tipsters and sources from giving fans an early peek at what to expect from the anticipated smartphone. There’s no way of knowing for sure that the leaked specs and features of the OnePlus 7 are true, but the consistency with which all rumours align, it is hard not to believe.That said, a new leak was added to the pile of OnePlus 7 rumours – courtesy of SlashLeaks. The leak shows case renders of the unannounced phone, reiterating what has already been revealed in the past. It’s no match to the recently-shared renders of the OnePlus 7 in new gradient avatars, but it helps narrow down certainty on what is coming in the new phone.Based on the freshly leaked image of OnePlus 7 case, the handset is indeed going to don a triple rear-camera setup – first for the brand. We can also see the laser autofocus module and dual-tone LED flash at the back, further assisting in improving smartphone photography. OnePlus is expected to launch three dual-tone OnePlus 7 models with gradient finishT3 via Tiger MobilesThe right side of the phone case has a cut-out for what appears to be OnePlus’ signature Alert Slider, but the position of it has been brought down, which is odd. The power button sits just below the Alert Slider as the case provides protection to the button. The left side of the handset isn’t visible, but expect volume controls there.The biggest and most important highlight here is the presence of a wider cut-out on the top, which is naturally for the pop-up selfie camera – as seen on Oppo R17 Pro and Vivo V15 Pro. At the bottom, there are two cut-outs that are naturally for USB Type-C port and speaker grille. OnePlus 7 leaks in 360-degree video onlineSteve H.McFly (@OnLeaks)/TwitterThe front side of the purported OnePlus 7 is not shown in the leak, but the missing fingerprint sensor at the back suggests an in-display sensor or even an ultrasonic or optical solution. There’s nothing new that we learn from this new leak, but it is good to know that there is a consistency in the leaks, which only means they are closer to the real deal.Based on the previous leaks, we can infer that OnePlus 7 will come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset, which is the obvious choice in 2019, 8GB/10GB RAM, 128GB/256GB storage, close to 4,000mAh battery with faster than Warp Charge technology, Android Pie-based OxygenOS 9 and a 6.5-inch Full HD+ display without any bezels on any side. Stay tuned for more details.last_img read more

Cabinet approves draft Broadcast Bill

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina is presiding over the cabinet meeting at the secretariat on Monday. Photo: PIDThe cabinet on Monday approved in principle the draft Broadcast Bill 2018 with a provision to form a seven-member Broadcast Commission to provide licences to broadcast media, including online ones and to bring those under discipline, reports UNB.The approval came at the weekly meeting of the cabinet held at the secretariat with prime minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.The cabinet also approved the draft of Mass Media Employees (Services Conditions) Bill 2018 in principle with a provision to constitute wage board for journalists and employees of all media houses, including electronic ones.As per the Broadcast Bill, a five-member search committee will place its report before the president to form the seven-member Broadcast Commission, said cabinet secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam while briefing reporters after the meeting.He said the president will appoint members of the commission, including a chairman and with at least a female member.”The Broadcast Bill 2018 is a new one which was framed following consultations with all stakeholders. The Bill has been placed (in the cabinet) to bring the broadcast media, including online one, under discipline,” said the cabinet secretary.The Broadcast Commission will have the authority to provide licences to broadcast media and revoke those. But the commission will have to take prior permission from the government in case of providing any licence in this regard.As per the Bill, the commission will have to dispose of any complaint to be lodged against any media house within 30 days after receiving it.It will have the authority to suspend or revoke the licence of any broadcast media on seven grounds.About the Mass Media Employees (Services Conditions) Bill 2018, Shafiul Alam said the wage board will be applicable for journalists and employees of all the media outlets, including print and electronic, as per the Bill.According to the Bill, the working hours for media employees will be 36 hours in a week instead of 48 hours, while the casual leave will be 15 days instead of 10 days and the earned leave will be 100 days instead of 60 days annually, he said.Besides, the festival leave will be 10 days in a year, recreation leave will be one month after every three years, and the maternity leave will be six months in place of the existing eight weeks.If anyone or organisation violates the provisions of the Bill, s/he will be fined Tk 50,000-Tk 500,000 lakh, the cabinet secretary said.last_img read more